Balázs Hidvéghi, MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, spoke up for Poland in a debate in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Thursday.
The MEP criticised the committee for launching a debate on Poland’s judiciary, inviting the European Commission to participate while not inviting Poland. Hidvéghi said the procedure “runs against fundamental rules of debate”.
The EC “doesn’t care about a balanced debate; it has never cared,” Hidvéghi said, adding that “the left wing here only listens to their own narrative…”
“It is outrageous that leftist politicians gather weekly and unanimously condemn Poland without hearing the Polish government’s position,” he said on Facebook.
Hidvéghi also suggested that the timing of the debate was in connection with Poland’s upcoming elections. “The commission will again take its share in manipulating public sentiment,” he said.
Official calls for ‘demographic turnaround’ to ensure Europe’s competitiveness
Europe’s competitiveness cannot be maintained “without a turnaround in demographic trends”, the political director of the Prime Minister’s Office said in Brussels on Thursday.
Speaking on the sidelines of a European Union summit, Balázs Orbán told Hungarian journalists: “We need European children, we need a new European generation.” A new generation may serve as a basis for economic growth in the bloc rather than immigration, he said, adding that immigration “creates far more problems than it solves”. The government is working to have this principle included in the closing statement of the summit, he said.
Concerning a proposal under which the European Union would finance the purchase of border control equipment, Orbán said such a move would not amount to a breakthrough. Instead, he suggested, Hungary should “receive material and legal assistance to complete a border seal in the south to stave off several hundred thousand illegal migrants each year”.
The EU has not contributed to the construction or operation of Hungary’s border fence, having launched procedures against Hungary instead, the official said. “While this is the case, Hungary and several other states will keep the European Commission under pressure,” he said.
Answering a question concerning an international arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official said the Hungarian government acknowledged the ruling.
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Ehhh. Where to start. We’ve had a “State of Alarm” – basically a Rule by Decree, since 2020. Our Politicians routinely do not turn up to debates in Parliament – because they can…
Then there’s our Border Fence. Like the famous Border Wall. “Mexico will pay for it”. However often you send the bill – they did not ask for it, so they will not pay.
Frontex (the European Border Force) WAS assisting us, however in January of 2021, Frontex suspended its operational activities in Hungary due to a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (December 2020) in which it ruled Budapest was failing in its obligation to ensure effective access to the procedure for granting international protection to refugees (we brand everyone an illegal immigrant, and that’s contrary to international law and treaties we signed up to).
Frontex has never before suspended its activities in any EU Member State. We managed to get the “first”. Does kinda put you at a disadvantage when you’re demanding assistance, funds, etc.
This is well known. The E.U. brooks no dissent. You either sign up to the globalist-socialist agenda and start dismantling your country’s identity, or you’re labeled a “far-right” “populist” and treated as an outcast.
Re Norbert’s comment “we brand everyone an illegal immigrant, and that’s contrary to international law,” two points here. Firstly, international law is hopelessly out of date on this point. It was written before the advent of the welfare state, which has enabled economic migrant to access all kinds of freebies by claiming they’re refugees. Secondly, if you happily traverse four, five, six, and even more perfectly safe countries in order to seek entry in a particular one, thousands of miles from your home, then you ARE an illegal alien/economic migrant and not a bona fide asylee. Hungary is 100% correct to turn back on the spot those who show up at its border without a valid passport and visa. If the E.U. has a problem with that, they can go climb a tree. We do not want Hungary to turn into France, England, Belgium or Sweden. No how, no way, thanks, period!
Interesting one and I do agree with @MichaelSteiner that the migrant and refugee matter is a conundrum.
Just as a mental exercise – let’s apply the “traveling through” logic to the Ukrainian refugees:
We had 2 million Ukrainian refugees crossing the border into Hungary. How did we end up with only 35’000 recorded as staying here?
Good point – they did go further out:
France: 118,994 (old number!)
UK (no separate records for England): 161,400
Look who wants POL back as our comrade-in-arms against the nasty old EU!